Gavin Watson is not a director of any of the companies involved in the Inyanda-Roodeplaat project, and Ronnie, Valence and Jared Watson are not directors of Bosasa. However, the last three all featured in testimony about Bosasa both by Agrizzi and his one-time colleague, former chief financial officer Andries van Tonder.
Van Tonder referred to the 2007 investigation by the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) into four tenders awarded to Bosasa by the department of correctional services, worth more than R1.5bn.
“When the SIU investigation commenced, a meeting was held with Ronnie Watson, Valence Watson, Gavin Watson, Angelo Agrizzi, where we were told that a ‘pact’ was formed and no one must break the ‘pact’ or testify against one another. We were told that the Watsons had it all under control and had access to both the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority,” his statement reads.
Van Tonder also testified that after Agrizzi released a media statement in August last year about his intention to blow the whistle on Bosasa and Gavin Watson, he had received a phone call from Valence Watson asking him to help change Agrizzi’s mind.
“The calls from Valence Watson continued over time …
“On the request from Watsons, we held meetings at Angelo Agrizzi’s house which were attended by Angelo Agrizzi, myself, Brian Biebuyck, Ronnie Watson, Valence Watson, Jared Watson … Jared Watson begged me on numerous occasions to meet him.”
Biebuyck was the Watson family lawyer.
Agrizzi also testified that on August 23 last year, Ronnie Watson, Valence Watson, Jared Watson and